An insider has said the reason we haven’t seen the PS5 is that Sony have ran into some serious hardware issues.
It’s worth saying that this should still be treated as rumour and while it does make sense, you should still approach this with some scepticism. But there have been whispers throughout the industry that Sonys PS5 is having hardware issues that are threatening the launch of their next-gen console.
And after sitting through Mark Cerny’s mind-numbingly boring 50 minute long “deep dive” into the PS5 gamers everywhere were left with the question; so, when can we see the PS5? It was incredibly strange that they revealed all that information and never showed us the console or what it can actually do.
Since then, rumours have circulated about the problems Sony is having behind the scenes. Windows Central’s executive editor, Daniel Rubino, is among those who have claimed to have heard these stories from insider sources. He shared a post from one of these alleged “people in-the-know”, where the “insider” details Sony’s supposed troubles.
To summarise, the post basically explains that Sony underestimated Microsoft’s endeavour into the next-gen and overestimated themselves. Which has apparently led to some serious system faults including “heating problems to rival the Xbox 360”. Which if true no doubt spells certain disaster for Sony, I’m sure we all remember the red rings of death and the trouble they caused players.
He also goes on to say that not only is overheating a failure enduing problem for the hardware, but it also happens at “an alarming rate”. This is due to the form factor of the design (size, configuration and physical arrangement of the device) and to fix this the PS5 would have to undergo redesigns making it look like the Xbox Series X tower.
This would obviously not look good on Sony’s part and would run the risk of them looking as though they plagiarised the design. This leaves Sony with the choice of either delaying the console for 6-12 months or forcing it out and risking the backlash of the bad design. Meaning, if this is true, either way, Sony are going to lose face over this.
How Serious Should We Take This?
The first thing to point out is Daniel Rubino, the man who brought light to this post, is the executive editor of a website that’s main objective is to report on Microsoft products. Which of course, includes the family of Xbox gaming consoles.
The next thing we should look at is the man who wrote the original post, Jeff Rickel, who is he? Here’s the thing, no one knows! All that’s been said about him is that this is a guy who has a history of PlayStation doom-saying. Meaning, his credibility is definitely questionable and until we hear anything from a credible, independent source we should hold our horses on soiling our expectations.
Independent journalist, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, took to twitter to point out Rickel’s history of fear-mongering and misinformation when talking about the PlayStation brand. He even included links to Rickel’s prior tweets so fans could see the things he’d said. Which then led to Rickel locking his account.
So, what we have here is claims made by a man with a history of trying to pull the rug from underneath Sony’s feet, which were then broadcasted by another man with a bias against PlayStation.
On The Other Side of The Fence
Rickel claims the PS5 form factor and architecture causing problems with power consumption and cooling. Saying that Sony were caught off guard by the superior Xbox Series X specs causing them to panic and rush.
If we look at the actual specs, we can see that the Xbox Series X only wins in a few areas. One of these being the number of teraflops it has to offer. However, the PS5 GPU clocks run at a much larger speed, giving them the ability to be optimised for better results.
Not only this but when it comes to the SSD Sony has an incredibly large advantage, running at more than twice the speed of its Microsoft counterpart.
Honestly, until we have substantiated claims that the PS5 is in any kind of trouble we should stay optimistic because if these alleged problems are not real we have a lot to look forwards to. Take the audio system, for example, the Tempest Audio Engine that provides the PS5 with its 3D audio is heaps and bounds ahead of the sound solution featured in the Xbox Series X.
Also, in relation to the PS5 overheating and the PS5 cooling system, the PS5’s lead architect Mark Cerny has already said we will get a look at the PS5’s cooling system as part of a PS5 hardware teardown.
But Seriously, Should We Be Worried Or Excited?
All of this talk is exciting, but as Digital Foundry’s Richard Leadbetter has said we have still yet to see a “single rendered pixel” on the PlayStation 5. We can talk about the prospects for days on end but until we see it for ourselves we can’t say for certain how good or bad the console is.
This time seven years ago, we had already seen the PS4 and a demonstration of Killzone: Shadow Fall running on the console. So, it does seem like they might be stalling but this does not mean that they’re having trouble with a faulty console. No one truly knows what’s going on behind the scenes apart from those sworn to secrecy.
Meaning, whether Sony is having hardware issues with the PS5 or they are getting ready to give us one of the best gaming experiences ever remains unknown for the time being but we will find out soon enough.
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